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‘Darkness & hopelessness’: Major Pakistani cities sans power. But for how long?

World News'Darkness & hopelessness': Major Pakistani cities sans power. But for how long?

Already struggling with political and economic crises, cash-strapped Pakistan woke up to a major power outage on Monday. Multiple cities Due to faults in transmission lines. Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Quetta and other major urban centers of Pakistan were left without electricity. It is the second major power outage in four months in the neighboring country as it grapples with an energy crisis and high energy prices.

According to local media reports, power supply to 117 grid stations of Islamabad Electricity Supply Company (ISCO) has been suspended. IESCO supplies electricity to Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Attock, Jhelum, Chakwal and parts of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

What was the cause of the power outage?

Pakistan’s energy ministry said in a statement that the frequency of the national grid dropped at 7:34 a.m. (local time), causing “massive disruption” in the power system. The ministry later said that the rehabilitation of grid stations had started from Warsak and that “a limited number of grids” of Islamabad Supply Company and Peshawar Supply Company had been restored.

Pakistan’s Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir, however, maintained that the breakdown was not “major”. In an interview to Geo News, Dastgir explained that the power generation system is temporarily shut down during the night during winter due to reduced demand for electricity. However, when the system was switched on in the morning, he said, there were frequency variations and voltage fluctuations in the southern power generating units which were shutting down one by one.

How long will it take to restore power supply?

The Energy Minister said that the restoration of grid stations in Peshawar and Islamabad has started and assured that power will be fully restored across the country in the next 12 hours.

‘Darkness and Hopelessness’

Former Member of Parliament Bushra Gauhar said darkness and hopelessness had spread to “mainstream Pakistan” as many areas of Pakhtunkhwa had been experiencing unannounced power outages for several days.

“Darkness and hopelessness spread even in mainstream Pakistan – unannounced power outages in many areas of #Pakhtunkhwa and no internet connection for days – a nuclear insecure security state – #GayaPakistan,” he tweeted. .


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